Blessed
are the Peacemakers

Reconciliation this radical doesn’t have to stop here.

It’s been 25 years since the genocide against the Tutsi of Rwanda took place and, though time has passed, the people of Rwanda will never be the same. But love has been on the move. Along with government efforts to establish peace after the genocide, many Rwandans have been dedicating their lives to cultivating radical reconciliation among Rwanda’s people. Young people whose lives were upended by the violent loss of family are slowly healing, their scars a reminder of the past—and motivation for a different future. These extraordinary people are pursuing peace in their communities, workplaces and hearts by forgiving their enemies and actively working towards wholeness.

Meet the Peacemakers

Christine

Christine was four years old when she lost both of her parents in the genocide. The last moments shared with her mother were spent hiding from the rebels…

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Methode

Methode is quiet, contemplative and kind-hearted. But after all he lost in the genocide—including his father, mother and three siblings—he was…

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Christian

Christian can’t remember anything about the genocide—but that doesn’t change the lasting trauma the event had on his life. He was less than one year old during…

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Can I get involved in this Rwandan peace movement?

Yes! The genocide created a generation of orphans—not just among those who lost parents during the event, but for years afterward. Many children have since become orphans to parents who contracted HIV/AIDS during the genocide. Others were thrust into deep, life-threatening poverty—and never made their way out.

Without parents, many of these youth live in foster homes, child-headed homes or without homes at all. Not only are they struggling to survive, but they are haunted by the grief of loss.

You can help these Rwandan youth find healing. Through access to trauma counselling, orphaned Rwandan youth will learn coping mechanisms to help them process their grief and learn ways to move forward. They will grow to understand that they are not alone. They will once again feel loved and protected, ready to thrive and contribute to the healing of their beloved country and those within it.

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